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Chicken Koftas with Cucumbers and Yogurt


Koftas are like Middle Eastern meatballs -- we've packed our version full herbs for maximum flavor and brightness.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Petrina Tinslay

Source: Everyday Food, June 2011


  • 1 1/4 pounds ground chicken
  • 1/2 white onion, diced small
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/2 cucumber, diced large (1 1/3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 4 pitas
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, for serving


  1. In a large bowl, combine chicken, onion, and parsley; season with salt and pepper. Using your hands, mix until well combined. Form mixture into 8 oval patties.

  2. In a medium bowl, toss together cucumber and yogurt; season with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Cook patties until browned on all sides and cooked through, 12 minutes. Divide patties and tomatoes among pitas. Top with cucumber-yogurt sauce and mint. Fold to enclose and serve.

Cook's Notes

For extra flavor, add 1/2 teaspoon cumin or red-pepper flakes to the ground chicken.

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